MPH Programs

MPH Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study of factors affecting health and illness in communities and populations. The master of public health (MPH) program in epidemiology is a non-thesis degree program that provides students with an understanding of the principles and practice of epidemiological research.

The goal of this program is to prepare graduates with the skills and competencies to evaluate and participate in epidemiological research and to translate and apply this knowledge to the practice of public health.

Those with an MPH in epidemiology collaborate with a wide range of public health and clinical health care practitioners, researchers, administrators and policy makers to develop, evaluate and monitor health policies, programs and practices; and to develop, conduct and evaluate surveillance programs designed to identify and address emerging health problems.

Graduates may be employed as practicing epidemiologists in a broad range of organizations such as federal and provincial public health agencies, health care organizations, private industry, and educational settings.

Core Courses

These courses are required in order to complete this program.

SPH 500 - Introduction to Health Policy and Management (*3)
SPH 501 - Determinants of Health (*3)
SPH 514 - Introduction to Environmental Health (*3)
SPH 519 - Biostatistics I (*3)
SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods I (*2)
SPH 598 - Field Practicum (*6)
SPH 599 - Capping Project (*3)

Specialization Courses

These courses are required for this specialization.

SPH 619 - Biostatistics II (*3)
SPH 693 - Critical Appraisal of Health Science Literature in Epidemiology (*3)
SPH 696 - Epidemiology Methods II (*3)
SPH 697 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases (*3)


Students are required to complete *9 of graduate level coursework, approved by their advisor. For more information, see Electives.

Length of Program

The minimum time to complete the program is 16 months. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is six years (full or part time) from the date of first registration.